Shaking Things Up

Staff Writer
Posted Sep 9, 2013


In West Virginia's loss to Oklahoma, the Mountaineers threw for just 218 yards - the third-lowest total during Dana Holgorsen's time at WVU.

And after Paul Millard's struggles against the Sooners, Holgorsen is going back to the drawing board this week and will be opening the quarterback competition back up.

"We'll shake that up a good bit," Holgorsen said Monday on the Big 12 Conference Coaches' Teleconference. "I felt good about it a week ago heading into a hostile environment where communication is hard, and it was. We will definitely shake things up on the offensive side of the ball when it pertains to our pass game.

"I'm not happy with where we're at when it comes to that. We need to be way more efficient than we have been. The quarterback reps will change, and I would anticipate some starting lineup changes with the receivers as well."

Millard played all but two series in an impressive performance and took every snap against OU. The junior Flower Mound, Texas, native completed just 21 of his 41 pass attempts against the Sooners.

He currently ranks No. 79 nationally in passing efficiency and is tenth among Big 12 quarterbacks in that category. WVU hasn't had a quarterback finish the season ranked lower in pass efficiency since 2006.

Holgorsen said that heading into this week's game against Georgia State, WVU's open competition at the position will be between all three quarterbacks, including junior Clint Trickett and redshirt freshman Ford Childress. All three could see reps against a struggling Panther team Saturday.

"I would like to have settled on somebody two weeks ago. We settled on Paul because we felt like he gave us the best chance to win the opener and then travel to win the OU game," Holgorsen said. "But we told the other two guys as well that they need to be ready and they need to keep improving and focus on the task at hand. What I'm going to tell them today is the same thing.

"When you have an opportunity to get in there and rep, then you need to get in there and rep. I don't know when it's going to happen. Until that happens, I would assume that we're going to continue to play all three."

But even though the Mountaineer offense struggled to put points on the board Saturday, Holgorsen is still fairly pleased with the fight his team showed and how hard the Mountaineers have been playing.

"I have not been discouraged with our team. I like where we're at on all three sides of the ball, obviously we're not anywhere near where we need to be but it's young in the season and we're relatively young," Holgorsen said. "That's not an excuse to accept a loss, but with that said, we like where we're at on all three sides of the ball. Our guys were not scared, they weren't intimidated, they played with a tremendous amount of effort but unfortunately we didn't finish with a win."


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